Negative media coverage has helped drag President Trump's approval ratings into the 30s despite the economic growth that has occurred on his watch and the pro-growth policies he has pursued, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.

"Oftentimes the media is focused on other things, certainly not talking about the growing economy," Sanders told reporters at the White House.

She said the press has also neglected to cover adequately the defeat of the Islamic State and recent increases in job creation.

Sanders argued as much as 90 percent of the press attention paid to Trump is negative and argued his low approval ratings are unsurprising "if you look at the amount of time that is spent on negative coverage of this president."

Voters will likely have a more favorable view of Trump when they begin to feel tax relief from GOP legislation in February, Sanders said.